Green / Blue Cities Of The Future

Sustainable infrastructure, climate change, water crisis, drought, floods

Green, Blue Cities are Climate Proof

Worldwide, urban areas have to deal with climate change.  Consequences:  to much water, drought and not enough drinking water. It’s time for climate change adaptation. More water and flora (making the city greener) will make the city more resilient during periods of extreme rainfall or drought.

Adaptation leads to increased biodiversity in cities and stimulates ecological added value for the city. This can be seen throughout the city, from green roofs and wilderness school playgrounds to natural riverbanks and pleasant green surrounding countryside. At the same time the city is becoming a more attractive place to live.

Tidal park, salty water, climate change, sea level rising, salination

Tidal park

Tidal nature

Climate change adaption presents a range of opportunities for strengthening the area-specific eco-systems. Especially for delta-cities. The estuary ecology with its gradual transition from fresh water to salty water and from wetlands to dry land can be reincorporated in the city in the form of tidal parks and tidal nature.

Increase your water storage capacity

Climate change, rainwater storage, water reuse, infrastructure in cities

Aquaflow water harvesting combination with asfalt and tarmac, especially for roads and garages

In all parts of a city, rainwater can be captured and retained where it falls and drainage delayed.

Rainwater should be used to augment the groundwater and to irrigate the flora of the city. However, that in itself will not be enough.The increase in short, sharp downpours means that the urban water system has to become more resilient. The water storage capacity of public areas needs to be increased. Possible measures:

Such waterproof public areas are capable of temporarily storing water on the streets without causing any damage. And the inhabitants can play an active role, which in turn improves social cohesion.

The main added value for the city is the creation of an attractive and green-blue environment with sustainable solutions for coping with rainwater.

Climate proof

Rainwater harvesting, green roofs, climate change, recollect, recycling, reuse

Is your community ‘climate proof’?

Many of the measures that effectively combat low groundwater levels and drying up, are part of the standard measures for creating a ‘climate proof’ city: a ‘Green/Blue City’.

An effective robust measure is to create extra surface water in the city like expansion of existing or the creation of new alkes, canals, waterways and ditches.

Adaptive measures make the system more resilient and less vulnerable to periods of drought.


Such projects directly contribute to increasing the infiltration capacity of the ground and making the city act as a sponge.

Greenery in the city

Possible measures:

This article will help (delta)cities implementing a strategy and for devising action perspectives for the various stakeholders. The development of these instruments, frequently in cooperation with SMEs, is a good example of using climate change adaptation to create (economic) added value.






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